New Years Reflexions and Plans for 2018

We did it! We traveled 5,000 miles aboard Roam this year! PAE (builders of Nordhavn Yachts) sent us this cool 5,000 mile pendant to recognize our achievement. 

Last week, as 2017 was coming to an end, Michelle and I were reminiscing about our first year of cruising on Roam. In a word: AMAZING! Through 5,000 miles of travel on the water, we had almost no problems with the boat, made many new friends, witnessed the awe inspiring beauty of nature, and dropped anchor in some absolutely stunning locations.

For a couple of ex-sailors from hot and dusty Texas, we figure we did it just right! In fact, we can’t think of a single disappointment throughout the year. Check out the map below of our travels:


From Key West, to Palm Beach, to Bermuda, to Nova Scotia, to Newfoundland, to Maine, and multiple points along the East Coast and finally back to Fort Pierce FL – What a Year!!

What’s up for 2018?

  • Bahamas – We’re planning to spend the winter in the Bahamas. Weather permitting we’ll get across in late January and stay until early May.
  • Maintenance – We’ll take a short break from cruising in May to pull the boat for a bottom job and some other maintenance that can only be done with the boat out of the water
  • The Nordhavn 72, Shear Madness, in Labrador several years ago.

    Newfoundland/Labrador – We feel like we barely scratched the surface in Newfoundland last year and Michelle wants to take a picture of Roam with an iceberg in the background. So we’re headed back this spring/summer. If weather permits, we’ll head up the western coast of Newfoundland and possibly cruise up and over to Labrador to make that picture happen.

  • Maine – We left Maine last year before the trees really started to turn, so we’re planning to extend our stay up north by a month or more to enjoy the change of seasons.

Of course, cruising schedules and plans are like words scribbled on a chalk board. They can, and probably will, get erased and and rewritten, depending weather and whim. Regardless, we’ll report back on our progress.

We hope to see you out there in 2018!






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  1. Don turner
      January 4, 2018

    Thanks for sharing your incredible journeys and staying in touch with those who love you both, like me! Happy New Year…be safe and enjoy!

    • Clark Haley
        January 5, 2018

      Thanks Don. Happy New Year!

  2. Barry Summers
      January 4, 2018

    Thanks for sharing, good luck and fair winds for 2018, enjoy it to the full.

    • Clark Haley
        January 5, 2018

      Thanks Barry. This cold weather in Florida has us anxious to cast off the lines and get south where we can put our shorts back on…

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